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Poem: Glass Dresses

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Glass Dresses

Enchanted by an alluring tower,

She climbed the narrow, spiral staircase,

Above the greens of splendor,

To enter the enticing entrance.


She felt the prickle of foreign ambiance,

As she stepped on the first tile,

Gigantic frames of still moments,

Perfect bodies, flawless skin, plastered smiles.


Perfection in this world,

A timeless, artificial remedy,

That was the delusion of the young girl,

Who was eager to showcase before she was ready.


On the vast marble floor,

Was a display of two striking glass dresses,

Flaunting their smooth curves and contours,

Symmetrical impresses.


One dress rendered her easy access,

But the gaps surrounding her deficient body,

Developed in her, feelings of insecurity,

Although the material in excess.


The other dress squeezed her,

Its hugging did not cease,

The silhouette suffocated her,

She struggled to be free.


The once admired dress,

Shattered into different sizes and shapes,

She attempted to have it addressed,

But failed as she was hurt by the sharp edge.

Remarks

First, I want to say that social media plays a part in influencing people on how to look "perfect" and this has a negative effect on body image. Therefore, this poem shows how beauty is perceived by a young girl.


Enchanted by an alluring tower,

She climbed the narrow, spiral staircase,

Above the greens of splendor,

To enter the enticing entrance.

This actually represents how much the girl wants to be perfect. She fails to notice the surrounding natural environment (greens). Subconsciously, she prioritizes perfection over nature.The description of the stairs is the focus and efforts she puts in trying to be perfect. Is it really worth it to climb narrow, spiral staircase just to achieve this so called perfection?


She felt the prickle of foreign ambiance,

As she stepped on the first tile,

Gigantic frames of still moments,

Perfect bodies, flawless skin, plastered smiles.

Foreign in the sense that we cannot force ourselves to have other people's figures, beauty and so on. It's like how we cannot blend in another culture. The first tile shows the immediate influence social media has. Pictures are taken at a point in time and capture smiles of people but we don't really know what their story is. Their flaws and sufferings, where are they?


Perfection in this world,

A timeless, artificial remedy,

That was the delusion of the young girl,

Who was eager to showcase before she was ready.

She was influenced quickly by how society teaches conventional beauty. She wanted to be "beautiful" without knowing that it's in fact, not good for her well being and unprepared for its effect on body image.


On the vast marble floor,

Was a display of two striking glass dresses,

Flaunting their smooth curves and contours,

Symmetrical impresses.

This represents how beauty is perceived by media influenced society. The marble floor is vast and yet the focus point is the glass dresses (perfection). There are so many things to wonder about besides this idealism.


One dress rendered her easy access,

But the gaps surrounding her deficient body,

Developed in her, feelings of insecurity,

Although the material in excess.

Other than the direct definition from the stanza, it shows that having more of something advantageous does not guarantee lasting happiness. We also won't ever be happy if we keep comparing our lives with others.


The other dress squeezed her,

Its hugging did not cease,

The silhouette suffocated her,

She struggled to be free.

Have you heard of the phrase "no pain, no gain"? Of course working hard gets you somewhere but look at how the dress is forcing her to be thinner by hugging. Hugs are supposed to be lovable. We cannot force ourselves to look a certain way completely.


The once admired dress,

Shattered into different sizes and shapes,

She attempted to have it addressed,

But failed as she was hurt by the sharp edge.

This shows the realization of the imperfections in something we thought was once flawless. She cannot run away from her imperfections no matter how hard she tries to cover up. She ends up hurting herself in the process.


© 2018 Li-Jen Hew

Comments

Li-Jen Hew (author) on June 15, 2018:

I see, Rinita. Nice summary. Thanks for sharing. :)

Rinita Sen on June 15, 2018:

The tower, yes, but more so the ascent and the fall, all very well woven.

Li-Jen Hew (author) on June 15, 2018:

Spellbound? Hope it's not the tower that made you like that!....Thanks Rinita for your lovely comment! My pleasure! :D

Rinita Sen on June 15, 2018:

I am spellbound by this poem!! Beautifully crafted, mindful alliteration (first stanza), and of course, the depth of the poem makes you take a step back and think. Thanks for sharing.

manatita44 from london on June 12, 2018:

Hi my Sweet.

You seem to need my help. Solomon was a great King who had literally everything that life could give. But when wisdom dawned, he basically said that everything was useless except God. Why? He realised that desire breeds desire and cannot be burnt out.

The word Amitabha means Buddha bless you or go with the blessings of Buddha. Your name is Chinese, no? My word is used both in Mandarin and Cantonese.

Salaam means Peace.

Li-Jen Hew (author) on June 10, 2018:

Hahaha! Thanks for enlightening me Manatita. I definitely want to know what you really mean. How foolish of me. :)

manatita44 from london on June 10, 2018:

No!

But you seem to be telling me about you. So if your interpretation works, then that's cool.

I,m saying that there is a shining star inside you. The more you give it value, the less of a hold the world will have upon you. Slowly ... slowly, you will come to see the illusion for what it is. AMITABHA!

Li-Jen Hew (author) on June 10, 2018:

Manitata...You are saying that when we accept our own characters, we will be more gentle with ourselves if we are insecure with...for example, our intelligence? And "Vanity of vanities. All is vanity" means whatever we thought were failures are not relevant anymore as we still have our souls to be happy about? hehe

manatita44 from london on June 10, 2018:

Turning to the Spirit encourages or inspires us to let go. It is a huge struggle and requires Grace. Then we can say with Solomon. "Vanity of vanities. All is vanity."

Li-Jen Hew (author) on June 10, 2018:

Thank you Manatita! I like your choice. :) Someone can be smart but nasty. Yeah, competing for survival too.

manatita44 from london on June 10, 2018:

Personality is the sum total of character. So yes, I chose this.

You speak of life ... of everyday occurrences. We are consciously and unconsciously competing. In dress, face, housing, finance ... until we get lucky and pierce though this veil of darkness.

The fact that you are seeing this, is a victory in itself. Salaam!

Li-Jen Hew (author) on June 09, 2018:

Thanks Jodah. You have great observation and analytical skills. Yes, the message! Glad you enjoyed it. :)

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on June 09, 2018:

A wonderful poem with an important message Li-Jen. I knew the meaning just by reading it, but your explanation confirmed it. I enjoyed this poem very much.

Li-Jen Hew (author) on June 09, 2018:

Hey Louise. My pleasure. Thank you for your comment and glad you enjoyed it! :)

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on June 09, 2018:

That's a lovely poem Li-Jen. I enjoyed reading it. And thankyou for the remarks at the end. It made it so much easier to understand.

Li-Jen Hew (author) on June 09, 2018:

Hey Sean! We could be sharing the same thoughts sometimes. I was thinking of writing this poem before I read your article but your article also inspired me. Thanks so much! :) Yes, there is that I love your imperfections kind of thing. :)...No, my wisdom is a reminder in the poem..I know people already know the topic so I'm here bringing it out again. :)

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on June 09, 2018:

My dear Li-Jen, you have written an amazing metaphor, and you supported with an excellent analysis! I am so happy for your talent and your approaching of such a significant topic. I am glad to see that we have some common points at our latest Hubs!

I'll tell once more; I admire the wisdom you have for such a young person!

If I may, I want to mark this:

We cannot run away from our imperfections, because those are us, but with Love, we can turn them to perfections and use them for our ascent!

Much Love to your beautiful Spirit!

Sean

Li-Jen Hew (author) on June 09, 2018:

Then make me get it Frank. You know you're intelligent.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on June 09, 2018:

you didn't get it... now you should cry... you take care too...:)

Li-Jen Hew (author) on June 09, 2018:

Huh...stiff shoulders because of writing flash fictions? If that's what you mean, your efforts paid off but you should take care....hehe

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on June 09, 2018:

Im Impressed, Im impressed.. LOL... truth is I have shoulders that aren't being properly utilized.. Man that was corny..LOL

Li-Jen Hew (author) on June 09, 2018:

Hahaha....because I'm competing with you Frank. Or trying to impress you! X) How will I look good for you if I'm crying?..Oh but you can't see me hahahha..X)...Nah, just playing with you. I don't know lol.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on June 09, 2018:

Hungry? Ha.. we just came back from the diner.. took a lot of new recruits there...so no not hungry... Just amazed that as many times as I tried making you cry... you keep your head high and shoot me down LOL

Li-Jen Hew (author) on June 09, 2018:

Heheh...you usually make me feel good and possibly hyper. Poor you...sounds like you're hungry..sigh. X) Oh and thanks!!

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on June 09, 2018:

LOL I don't know why I feel good when you are on.. so far.. you have written well put together pieces.. and I'm not talking about Reese's Pieces...

Li-Jen Hew (author) on June 09, 2018:

Hahaha...that's not for me to decide...and you can decide to criticize anytime you want...flaws are everywhere depending on how you see it..so spot one, quickly! If I ever cry, I hope to cry a beautiful waterfall. :)

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on June 09, 2018:

then write something terrible so that I can chew you out..and then the water-works will come shining through...

Li-Jen Hew (author) on June 09, 2018:

Hahaha, if you want to learn how to make me cry then you have to be more specific...give me specific criticism. :)

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on June 09, 2018:

I'm trying to make you cry.. and here you are trying to be cute.. well you are cute, but balance my friend balance!

Li-Jen Hew (author) on June 09, 2018:

Yes, I'm sure if I loved you romantically, I would agree with you. You are good looking but I know you prefer to be called smart and you are smart! :) And you make me happy. :) Balance, man! Hahaha

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on June 09, 2018:

oh and I really do love the poem...:)

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on June 09, 2018:

okay I'll agree to disagree... we all can't look good as me..

Li-Jen Hew (author) on June 09, 2018:

Thanks Frank. Hahah, of course looks fade and intelligence stays if we practice training our minds maybe hahaha. But we can always comment on looks even when people grow older. Appreciation is key.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on June 09, 2018:

First I have to admit I love the title.. secondly, you put thoughts in my head.. I have to tell you Looks fade with time.. intelligence stays with you always... do you agree?